The proposed hydrogen and gas markets decarbonisation package includes a regulation and a directive, hoping to steer the EU towards a transition from an energy landscape largely dominated by fossil gas to a largely electricity-based system with some renewable and low carbon gases. We noted and highlighted significant shortcomings in the package and its failure to free Europe from fossil lock-in. Consequently, we suggested a number of recommendations. In light of the upcoming deadline for amendments on 13 July, on both the directive and regulation, reports tabled by MEPs Buzek and Geier have positive developments in line with Bellona’s asks.
MEP Geier’s report suggests two key amendments that would be of great climate benefit as we explain in our brief :
- the first (AM 38) defines low carbon gases, the importance of which we explain in our brief. This amendment provides a clear legal framework for industry stakeholders which won’t risk having to delay investment for years, waiting for the Commission’s adoption of a delegated act. Moreover, this reflects the true climate impacts of these gases, ensuring that low-carbon gasses are contributing to emissions reductions.
- The second amendment (AM 55) highlights the targeted use of low carbon and renewable gases as well as limiting blending of hydrogen with natural gas. This ensures a more efficient use of scarce resources, while ensuring purity levels are maintained for the industry, prices are not increased for consumers, and safety issues are reduced.
MEP Buzek’s report suggests a reduction in the percentage of Hydrogen that can be blended with natural gas, down from 5% to 2% through the proposed Amendment 32. Although no blending is ideal, as we highlighted in our brief, we still believe this is a step in the right direction.
Strong support and adoption of these amendments is crucial in aligning the EU with its climate targets. Besides the climate benefits, these amendments would help shield consumers from rising energy prices as well as reduce EU dependency on Russian fossil fuels.
Check our latest briefs:
- 7 reasons why blending hydrogen with natural gas is a bad idea
- Hydrogen and decarbonised market package directive: Why amendments 55 and 38 of MEP Geier’s Report should be supported